Wearables and Healthcare
Wearables are changing the world: They are a gateway to the Internet of Things. Whether in industry, office buildings, automobiles or our own four walls (smart home): Small, wearable and in many cases almost invisible devices network us with the world of the Internet. Electronic components are at the heart of this revolution—from sensors, signal-chain elements and power management to controllers and radio units.
Wearables are causing fundamental change to our surroundings—and our infrastructures: in cities, in our living environments and in the utility sector.
Healthcare is an essential aspect of our lives. One thing is now certain: Wearables will revolutionize the healthcare sector and medical treatment. Patients will no longer have to go to the doctor as frequently, because doctors can monitor and diagnose the status of our health remotely. Illnesses can be recognized earlier. And that is not all: High-risk patients and the chronically ill can be treated effectively without countless doctor’s office visits and hospital stays. Even remote dispensing of medications is conceivable. It will simplify the lives of those affected. It will also allow the elderly to live on their own in familiar surroundings for longer. And the best part: Not only will wearables improve healthcare, they will also reduce costs. For a society with a growing share of elderly people, that is also a very important aspect.
Electronic components—from sensors, signal-chain elements and power management to controllers and radio units—are the heart of wearables that collect the data whose processing and analysis will make the revolution in healthcare possible in the first place.
Program/topics in 2016
Moderation: Heinz Arnold, Editor in Chief, Markt&Technik
This lecture was held in English.
What requirements must be met by the electronic components in wearables that are worn by patients? How will wearables be incorporated into the overall patient-physician data-analysis system and what does that mean for the components themselves? What should the electronics look like to be able to satisfy the extensive requirements?
In the panel discussion on “Wearables for healthcare—Components for digital medicine”, representatives of leading component and system manufacturers in the healthcare sector discussed the following issues.
- What characteristics must electronic components have to be able to meet future requirements?
- What technical specifications regarding power consumption must be achieved in the future—and what can be implemented realistically?
- How will wearables be networked?
- What changes must component suppliers make to provide the hardware—as well as the software—that their customers and their customers’ customers expect in the future?
- How can security requirements be met?
- What certification processes are necessary and how expensive are they?
- What happens in the event of a technical malfunction? Who is liable for what?
- Where will data be collected and who will analyze it?
- Who will evaluate the results and how will they be returned to the patient?